Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Contribution to Upliftment of the Dalit: It’s Relevance in Contemporary India

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Dr.Tapan Kumar Das

Assistant Professor
Department of History,
South Malda College,
Malda,West Bengal,India
Email: tapandas79.college@gmail.com

Abstract:Dr. B. R. Ambedkar was an Indian nationalist, the chief architect of the Indian constitution, social reformer and leader of the Dalits. Dalit is a modern term for untouchables whom M. K. Gandhi designated as Harijan. The upliftment of Dalits is basically the process of empowerment of social, political and economic status in the Indian society. He emerged as a crusader for the rights of the Dalit society. Dalits are the people who work as weavers, fishermen, toddy-tappers, washer man, artisans, shoe-makers and all types of unskilled works. Ambedkar was one of the greatest personalities of India who is popularly known as the Messiahfor the Dalits. He out from the Dalit society and he took initiative for political and social awareness among the Dalit society. Ambedkar raised his voice in favour of the Dalits upliftment. He devoted his whole life for the equal status for the Dalits and unity and prosperity of India. He became the voice of the voice less people in every platform for the downtrodden people. In this paper I would like to focus on the study of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on the problem of untouchability and his movement for the upliftment of the dalits and its relevance in Contemporary India.

Key Words:Ambedkar, Caste, Dalits,Equal status, Politics, Reservation, Upliftment